Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), on behalf of its Copenhagen Infrastructure IV (CI IV) fund, has begun construction on Buffalo Plains. It is a 495 MW wind farm consisting of 83 Siemens-Gamesa turbines located in Vulcan County, Alberta. CIP had acquired Buffalo Plains in 2022 from ABO Wind.
During construction, the project will create approximately 250 full-time jobs and, once operational, will produce enough clean energy to power more than 240,000 homes, providing substantial economic and environmental benefits to the province of Alberta. Buffalo Plains is expected to be fully operational by December 2024. Furthermore, Borea will be responsible for the construction of the project. Amazon has signed a power purchase agreement to procure 415 MW of output from Buffalo Plains.
Earlier this month, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on behalf of Murchison Hydrogen Renewables Pty Ltd selected thyssenkrupp Uhde, in partnership with DL E&C and its affiliate CARBONCO to provide a pre-FEED to assist the development of the GW-scale Murchison green ammonia project in Kalbarri, Western Australia.
REGlobal’s Views: This is CIP’s second successful investment in Canada after Travers Solar. Meanwhile, this is Amazon’s first wind energy procurement in Canada. Amazon will use the renewable power from both Travers Solar and Buffalo Plains Wind Farm for Amazon Web Services data centers, power fulfillment, sorting as well as delivery stations in Alberta. Amazon aims to make its operations in Canada renewable-powered by 2030 and this is its fourth renewable-energy project in the country.